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‘I want to thank Auburn for making my statue skinny’ Barkley jokes on ESPN

Charles Barkley is one of the most famous people in sports media as well as one of the most famous Auburn alumni. Barkley joined the broadcast of Wednesday night’s Auburn vs. Alabama game from Neville Arena during the second half and as usual, offered some hilarious quips.

When talking about his statue on campus at Auburn, Barkley said that he wanted to thank the school for “making him skinny.”


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Barkley also offered his perspective on the rivalry, referring to his alma mater as the “stepchild” of Alabama.

“I’m probably going to get in trouble for saying this. We are like the stepchild,” Barkley said. “We aren’t ever going to be Alabama. If we play them in anything, we want to beat them.”

In addition to commenting on the stomach size of his statue and the dynamic between the two schools, Barkley gave his actual basketball thoughts on the game, correctly stating that Alabama would have trouble with Auburn’s big men due to their size.

“Alabama’s got all these little skinny dudes out there,” Barkley declared.

“Coach Oats does a fantastic job. When I was looking at the game early, I said, ‘Man, [Johni] Broome should have a big night’ because Alabama, their guards are terrific, but they have no size inside.”

Barkley’s assessment was correct, with Broome scoring 24 points along with 7 rebounds and Auburn securing an 18-point win over its “stepparent” arch-rival.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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